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World Cup fantasy football: Who are the best goal-scoring defenders at the World Cup?

Fantasy football returns this summer, with Dream Team World Cup officially alive and kicking.

And ahead of the big kick-off in Russia on June 14, we’re looking at the best players you can pick on the game to help you win that £175k prizepot.


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When it comes to fantasy football, it’s all about picking the best attack and midfield, right?

But we think it’s definitely worth keeping an eye on the boys at the back who can do the business in front of goal.

So without further ado, here’s the best goalscoring defenders you may want to consider for your World Cup fantasy football team.


5 Joshua Kimmich – £4.0m

Germany are seriously stocked in defence

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Germany are seriously stocked in defence

Bayern’s right-back is renowned for being versatile in both attacking and defensive roles.

He’s already notched three goals for Germany and hit six for his club last season – including two against Real Madrid in the Champions League.

Expect to see him bombing forward regularly this summer.

4 Thomas Meunier – £3.0m

We expect to see this guy bombing forward when given the opportunity

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We expect to see this guy bombing forward when given the opportunity

We know all about Belgium’s brilliance in attack and midfield, but they’re fairly well stocked in defence as well.

Even the usually-problematic full-back positions look comfortable, with Meunier proving to be one of the best attacking defenders around.

Famously netted twice for PSG against Dijon back in October, he also hit a surprise hat-trick in Belgium’s 9-0 defeat of Gibraltar last year.

3 Aleksandar Kolarov – £2.5m

Will we see Kolarov score for Serbia?

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Will we see Kolarov score for Serbia?

Man City fans will know all about the thunderous left-foot of Kolarov from his days at the Etihad.

And Roma fans enjoyed the best of it this season, after he notched three goals and 11 assists in all competitions.

Expect him to linger around free-kicks and even penalties.

2 Nicolas Otamendi – £3.5m

One of the best fantasy football defenders last season

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One of the best fantasy football defenders last season

Surprisingly the best player to pick on fantasy football this season.

Otamendi finished the season as the highest-scoring defender on Dream Team with 222 points, thanks to his five goals and numerous Star Man awards.

Could be deadly from corners.

1 Sergio Ramos – £4.0m

Just don’t ask Mo Salah or Loris Karius about this guy

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Just don’t ask Mo Salah or Loris Karius about this guy

Love him or hate him, it’s hard to argue that Ramos is probably one of the best defenders the game has ever seen.

Strong at the back and more-than-capable when going forward at set-pieces, we wouldn’t be surprised to see him score one or two goals this summer if Spain manage to go far.


What new features are there during Dream Team World Cup?

Aside from the introduction of non-UK players, we’ve also got a snazzy new formation to try out.

As well as the traditional 4-4-2 and 4-3-3, Dream Team World Cup will also see 3-4-3 become an option to maximise more attacking players.

Who were the best players at the last World Cup?

Rodriguez was the star man in Brazil

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Rodriguez was the star man in Brazil

Remember last time? Germany were great, James Rodriguez was brilliant and England were… let’s not go there.

Brazil hosted a sublime tournament in 2014, jam-packed with entertainment right up until Mario Gotze’s brilliant extra time winner against Argentina in the final.

Colombian hero Rodriguez won the Golden Boot, but who else took the competition by storm?

Here are the top 10 points scorers from the last Dream Team World Cup.


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